Day 1Arrive Florence
Upon arrival into Florence, a representative from Wine Tours of the World will meet you in the baggage claim area. You will be driven to the luxurious Hotel Lungarno that overlooks the Arno River for an early check-in. After check in, you will have some free time to get settled and relax. In the late afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for your first Italian wine tasting paired with a wonderful assortment of fresh Italian cheese. Next you will have a walking tour of Florence by night followed by a dinner reservation at Ristorante La Loggia. The restaurant is known for their hand-made pasta dishes and incredible views of the city skyline.
Day 2The Sites of Florence
Breakfast at the hotel, and then meet your guide once again in the lobby for a full day of sightseeing in Florence. Visit places such as the Accademia Delle Belle Arti, where you can admire some of the worlds most famous works like Michelangelos David. You will also see other sites including the Cathedral complex and Giottos Bell Tower. In the afternoon, you will have time to shop and visit the leather factory. This afternoon, your guide has arranged another wine tasting at a local Italian bistro. You can sit outside the café to people watch as you sip on a flight of red and white Italian wines. Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Your guide is available to assist with dinner reservations and transportation.
Day 3Chianti and Siena
You will want an early breakfast this morning so you can begin your journey to Siena, wine tasting in the Chianti area along the way. Your first private tour and tasting will be in the cellars of Il Molino Di Grace. Then it is off to Radda for lunch and a private tasting at Brancaia. After lunch you will stop at another winery in Chianti before checking into your 4-star hotel located in Siena. Along route today, you will also have the opportunity to taste the marvelous local foods such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto. Upon arrival into your hotel, take time to freshen up and then meet your guide in the lobby once again for dinner. This evening your personal reservation will be waiting for you at Trattoria di Fonte Nuova.
Day 4Montepulciano and Montalcino
Today your wine adventure continues as you sip your way through the wine areas of Montepulciano and Montalcino. The wine estates have been carefully selected for you with private wine tours and tasting at Castello Banfi, Biondi Santi, Fattoria Santavenere Casa Vinicola Triacca and La Colonica. A vineyard and winemaking tour with lunch will be included today. This evening, you may wish to have a nice quiet dinner at your hotel, or your guide is available to assist you with reservations.
Day 5Perugia Umbria
After breakfast this morning you will meet your guide for your scenic drive to Perugia before checking into beautiful Hotel Perusia e La Villa. After check-in, your guide will deliver you to your personal Italian cooking class. You will sort through several classic Italian recipes until you have created the perfect menu. You will then be guided on how to prepare and present your meal. Before you dive into your freshly made cuisine, your personal sommelier will assist you in selecting the perfect wines for your recipes. Then you will have time to enjoy your meal. After lunch, you will be driven to Assisi, where you will have the rest of the day for touring, shopping and sightseeing. This evening, your dinner reservation will be waiting for you back at the hotel restaurant.
Day 6Wine production in Umbria is limited, but the quality is outstanding. Today you will visit the wine cellars of Poggio Bertaio and Arnaldo Caprai. You will have lunch and a wine tasting at a local bistro before heading back to your hotel. But first, you will stop to indulge in a chocolate tasting. You will taste some of Italys finest confections. Before your dinner reservation this evening, you will have a spa treatment scheduled in the privacy of your own room. Dinner tonight will be at the restaurant of your choice. Your guide is available for suggestions and reservations.